KILKENNY -- One year ago, I had to set aside 20 minutes every other morning to deal with a trail of scumbags lurking on the internet. They would deface various Irishblogs I maintain. Their spamming annoyed me and pushed me into adopting a Six Apart server side solution. Now I write most of my stuff through Typepad because its blocklists have proven their worth in controlling the scumbags. During the summer, I will have time to reignite some other parts of my online journals so I will once again have thematic content dedicated to technology, traveling in Ireland, and multimedia learning.
One year on, I no longer attract scumbags from Germany who used dial-in nodes to copy-and-paste dozens of link-heavy items as comments. I've blocked whole blocks of IPs in Germany from commenting on blog posts and I use some intelligent pages from Geobytes to produce special content for visitors arriving from these problem locations.
For the hassle that these scumbags created, they gave me an opportunity to learn ways to control anti-social behaviour on the internet. That turned out to be a valuable lesson.